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Why was my question about why chess accepts resigning closed as a duplicate?

My question Why is it acceptable to resign? was closed as a duplicate of an earlier question I asked, Is it poor sportsmanship to resign immediately after a major blunder early in the game? These are ...
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Why was my answer removed?

I wrote an answer to the question Why doesn't Lichess' Stockfish suggest this bishop sacrifice? where I offered a different perspective on how to interpret the output of an engine when the ...
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Please merge this duplicate about old FIDE laws

This question about copies of old FIDE laws is a duplicate of this question, but it has high-quality and helpful answers that I think would be beneficial for the older question. Can the duplicate ...
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Two questions that need to be closed as a duplicates

I’ve noticed that this question, which is about if an en passant capture can be delayed, and this question, which is about if an en passant capture can be done on the seventh rank, are both answered ...
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Poll - Should we limit number of edits to 5 per day per member?

Currently there is a built-in limit of 5 pending suggested edits per day. That means that if you don't have full edit privileges that any edits you make go into a pending queue where they have to be ...
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Policy regarding mass minor edits

Does Chess SE have an internal policy regarding mass edits? Currently (May 28, 2020), the front page is not in the ideal shape (to put it mildly), and I am unaware of the general "Maintenance Force" ...
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How do I find attribution for a chess problem I have come across and want to ask a question about?

Let’s say I wanted to ask a question about a chess problem I found, to learn about the strategy behind it, but I also want to give attribution to the author. However, I don’t know who the author is ...
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Is there any expectation to provide your own research when asking a question?

Reading this question, it is simply a chess puzzle with no further context, and the answer is simply a solution to the chess puzzle. In the Stack Overflow site, it is expected that users research the ...
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Is it best practice to update one's own question or to ask a new one?

I'd like to know more about unknown old FIDE players. I wanted to update my question by adding few players but the question has been edited for a very reasonable reason: Please do not change the ...
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What should be done about outdated accepted answers?

Here is my answer from a while back: https://chess.stackexchange.com/a/1059/307, the answer no longer has value, since the youtube content it is pointing to has been removed. I tried deleting the ...
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Weirdly disappearing comments

Recently I've noticed some of my comments and exchanges under posts end up disappearing without any reason. What is happening? I reckon a moderator might be deleting them, or they are being randomly ...
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Biased moderation?

In this answer, which is almost exactly the same answer Brian Towers already deleted, and moved to comments, because it did not answer the question, the poster re-posted it, and added nothing to it ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Two tag questions

Here are two simple tag questions: Do we really do the tag white? I think we can get rid of it as it serves no current function. Should formation be a synonym of patterns? They seem very similar to ...
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Make [postal] a synonym of [correspondence-chess]

I'd like to propose that the new postal tag be marked as a synonym of correspondence-chess
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What is our stance on (arguably) unethical questions/answers?

In recent days, we have encountered two instances of postings with questionable moral content. The first instance: a user uses an engine on a chess gambling and still loses, so asks how to better use ...
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Can you restore Abhinav Atul's second reply to Rid Of Addiction question?

In response to a question about how to deal with chess addiction (Rid of Addiction), two sensible and quite original replies by newcomer Abhinav Atul were successively deleted by moderators. The ...
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Should the [handicap], [handicapping], and [odds] tags be merged?

The handicapping tag says: Questions related to handicapping a player in chess The handicap tag says: Games with handicap to compensate for difference in playing strength. For instance "pawn ...
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What to do with questions which are duplicated from another site?

This recent question is identical to a puzzle I posed on Puzzling.SE here. What, if anything, should be done?
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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That was quick: “Is Auto Chess good for the future of chess?” closed already. Why?

Is it really the case that just two votes are sufficient to close a question these days? I may not like the subject matter, but it would be a terrible thing if we can't discuss the evolution of ...
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Where is the moderator voting about migrating Finite State Machine question to cs?

EDIT: now fully resolved - see answer Just now a moderator has randomly and I think incorrectly shifted a perfectly decent chess question to computer science. Where is the moderator voting which took ...
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When did the message for a comment about closing a question change?

As far as I know, the auto-comment that pops up when you vote to close a question as a duplicate said something like “Possible duplicate of (link here)”. But this time around it said “Does this ...
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Is this an abuse of power? I believe it is

Moderator Brian Towers in response to the question "New Fritz 17 User" used the term "RTFM" as part of his original answer. In the comments, a user called him out for using a profanity. In response, ...
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What should be done about users who answer too much?

Sometimes a user may post too many answers, or “absurd” amount sometimes, relatively speaking. But if said user does it on a daily basis? A few of them may be good, but the vast majority of their ...
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Use of “he” when referring to hypothetical chess players - is this discrimination against women?

I've seen the following comment used by a Stack Exchange user on several chess posts. Please don't assume that a chess player must be male. There is too much discrimination against women in chess ...
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Unanswered Questions-Near The End Of An Era

I undertook a mission in the spring of 2019 for this sight-eliminate the Unanswered Questions list down to 0. When I began, there was an absurd total of 75. Now we are down to 23 questions, with a ...
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A list of “unknown” features of the replayer

The site’s replayer is a unique and useful tool, but there are some features of it the seem to a few little known that should be more widely known. While there are questions about how to implement it,...
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Why doesn't the replayer work on Meta?

I get that in general we don't want to be asking chess related questions here, but occasionally a meta question or answer can be illuminated with an example where the replayer or just a diagram ...
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What is our stance on chess riddles?

This question is a chess riddle that seems to have been fairly well recieved, although there is doubt about it being on-topic in the comments. But I haven’t seen anything like it since then. I have ...
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Why close “Variant Chess Effects”?

A newbie's question "Variant Chess Effects" was closed as "opinion-based" by a dogpile of experienced members, and as usual there was no welcome or explanation given. So I really don't understand the ...
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Why is this post marked as off-topic?

The following software related post has been marked as off-topic: How can I set up en passant in Popeye engine? The "specific"? reason given is that "the question does not appear to be about chess ...
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Why do we make small edits to very old posts?

Something I've noticed in the last few days (it's probably been going on longer than that, but a couple days ago it actually bit me, so I noticed it...) - why do we make minor edits (usually small ...
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Is the site going inactive?

I know there are many questions daily, but as someone with the privilege of having access to review queues, this seems concerning. The review queues, whenever I check them, are always completely empty....
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Is there a rule about not using chess engines to answer “what's the best move in this position” questions?

I refer here to tactics positions, where there is a clear winning (like a mate in n moves), not the ones about planning or strategy. The thing is I see people answering questions about tactical ...
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What is the difference between the [problems] and [puzzles] tags?

Both the problems tag and the puzzles tag seem to have very similar definitions, with problems being a little broader - perhaps puzzles ought to be a subset of problems? problems A chess problem ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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How to effectively curate expert content?

This is meant to collect ideas on how non-novices can use this SE with minimal distraction from novice and trivial content (aka fluff). Currently it seems that watch/ignore lists are the only means, ...
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Non-duplicate question closed as such

I've recently seen regarding capitalizing on opponents not knowing their openings. As you can see, it was closed as a duplicate of What is a good way to learn opening theory. While it is true that ...
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Why are there 10 times more questions on English openings than on Reti opening?

I am not sure if this questions will be more suitable for Chess Beta or Chess Meta. To play safe, I am asking it here: At this moment, there are 23 questions tagged as english-opening and only 2 ...
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Reopen question 'Chess principles for beginner'

The question Chess principles for beginner has been closed as too broad, but it is a very precise question about the validity and relevance of a particular set of principles. There is, in my honest ...
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What can we offer that other chess sites don't?

After reading this post about the scope of the site, and also seeing how this other one got closed (see this meta post for discussion), I started to think about what is it really that this site can/...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Chess's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Should the [planning] and [strategy] tags be merged?

The wiki for planning reads Questions relating to developing a strategy while in a game The wiki for strategy reads Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess I see ...
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Do we want a reference question about the basic rules of chess?

So I noticed this question about the basic rules of chess has a (current) score of -3, but it has no close votes. I myself can't find an objective reason to close it based on the current standards. ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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What is the point of closing “off-topic” questions?

People often vote to close questions at the intersection of chess with some other discipline, arguing "that's really a [math|programming|etc.] question". Two recent examples are How do you calculate ...
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Is my question unclear?

Psychology (including confidence) is an important part of any competitive activity, especially chess, where nearly the whole competition is in the minds of the opponents. Preparation and practice help ...
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Why is this answer downvoted?

https://chess.stackexchange.com/a/24372/13147 It answers the question.
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Vote to reopen “Carlsen reaching 2900 in classical format?”

I've nominated the above question for reopening. Since it asks "Can" instead of "Will", I don't see it being primarily opinion-based. I believe an acceptable answer would be a matter of calculating ...

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